4422.000 Dalechampia Plum. ex L.

Description of the genus

Monoecious herbs or subshrubs, usually scandent. Indumentum simple, sometimes stinging. Leaves alternate, stipulate, simple, 3-5-lobed or 3-5-foliolate. Inflorescence terminal or axillary, usually solitary and long-stalked, enveloped by 2 large leaf-like bracts; bracts subequal, sessile, entire, toothed or 3-lobed. Male flowers 7-20 in a pedunculate grouping of dichasial cymes in an umbel-like arrangement, accompanied by a mass of fused bracts and aborted flowers; female flowers 1-3 in a subsessile bracteate cyme abaxial to the male peduncle. Male flowers: petals 0; disk 0; stamens c. 10-30. Female flowers: sepals 5-12, usually pinnatifid, accrescent and enclosing the fruit; petals 0; disk 0; styles united into a long column. Fruit 3-lobed, dehiscent into 3 cocci.

Worldwide: 110 species, pantropical; only 6-7 are African.

Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Byblia ilithyia (Spotted joker) Larval foodplant
Dalechampia galpinii

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
capensis A. Spreng.N
galpinii PaxWDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Dalechampia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Dalechampia
Flora of Mozambique: Dalechampia
Flora of Zambia: Dalechampia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dalechampia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Dalechampia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Dalechampia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Dalechampia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Dalechampia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dalechampia
JSTOR Plant Science: Dalechampia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dalechampia
Plants of the World Online: Dalechampia
Tropicos: Dalechampia
Wikipedia: Dalechampia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Dalechampia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=861, retrieved 21 May 2024

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